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City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002) Brazilian film directed by Fernando Mirelles and Katia Lund

City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian film directed by Fernando Mirelles and Katia Lund. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the development of one of Rio De Janeiro's most notorious favelas (Portuguese word for "Slum/Ghetto") as told through the perspective of Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues), an aspiring photographer.

The following weapons were used in the film City of God:


Gerard Revolver

What appears to be a Gerard Revolver is seen when Carrot's gang robs a supermarket. These weapons were made in Belgium and used by the Brazilian military in the 19th century, before being replaced by the Luger in 1906.

Gerard revolver manufactured by Jules Kauffman
What appears to be the Gerard's characteristic hinge can be seen on this shot. The action is opened by pulling the barrel upwards.
The robber holds a revolver as he empties the cash register.

Nagant Revolver

What appear to be Nagant Revolvers are used by the runts in the final scene.

Brazilian contract 1883 Nagant- 11mm Nagant
The boy holds the revolver. Note the heavily worn finish.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 10 is carried by Shaggy. It is later seen in the hands of a dead gangster. What appears to be a nickel Model 10 is also used by Rocket, having been given it by his brother, Goose.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special
Shaggy aims his revolver at a driver.
A revolver lies in the hand of a dead gangster.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 "Military and Police" revolver - .38 Special
Goose gives his brother Rocket a revolver.

Rossi M-851 Revolver

Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) carries his brother's revolver during a sequence where he considers becoming a criminal. In a continuity error, it turns into a Rossi M-851. This weapon was introduced in 2001 and is anachronistic to the film's setting.

Rossi M-851 Revolver - .38 Special
Rocket tucks a Rossi M-851 revolver with what appears to be a four inch barrel into his waistband.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Carrot (Matheus Nachtergaele) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 36 fitted with a 3" inch barrel when he and his gang rob a gun store.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a 3" inch barrel - .38 Special
Carrot threatens the gun shop owner with his Smith & Wesson Model 36
Members of Li'l Zé's gang pose with revolvers, the one on the right appears to be the Model 36.

Taurus Model 65

A chrome-plated Taurus Model 65 revolver with a 4" barrel and rubber grips is carried by Li'l Zé. It is identified by its distinctive cylinder release. This weapon was introduced in 1978 so it is anachronistic for some scenes.

Taurus Model 65 newer stainless version with rubber grips - .357 Magnum
Members of Lil' Zé's gang pose with revolvers, the one on the left appears to be the Model 65.
Lil' Zé fires a chrome-plated Taurus Model 65.
Taurus Model 65 newer stainless version with rubber grips - .357 Magnum
A young Li'l Zé fires his revolver. It appears that he stuck with the Model 65 growing up.


Taurus PT92

The Taurus PT92 is seen in the hands of gang members. It should be noted that while the film is set between the 1960s and 1979, the PT92 was only introduced in 1983.

Taurus PT92AF (blued) - 9x19mm
A gang member sits with a Taurus PT92 in hand.

Beretta 92FS

A Beretta 92FS is seen when Li'l Zé's gangsters teach the runts how to use guns; it is anachronistic since it was only introduced in 1984.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
The runts are instructed on how to use a Beretta 92FS.


Li'l Zé (Leandro Firmino da Hora) uses an M1911-style pistol made in Brazil by IMBEL throughout much of the film (the IMBEL logo is visible on the slide).

IMBEL M1911 pistol - .45 ACP
Li'l Zé threatens Blackie with an IMBEL M1911.
Filé com Fritas (Steak with Fries) aims Li'l Zé's pistol at one of The Runts.

A gangster is seen with a M1911

Li'l Zé's gang shows off their arsenal, the gangster in the middle appears to have a less modern M1911-style pistol.

Unknown pistol

Thiago (Daniel Zettel) holds an unknown pistol

Thiago holds the pistol.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

One of Li'l Zé's gangsters fires a side-by-side 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun when they take over Jerry Adriani's turf.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
A gangster holds a double barreled shotgun in the top corner.

A gangster carries what appears to be the same double barreled shotgun when Li'l Zé goes after the runts

The gangster with the striped shirt holds the shotgun.
The gangster points the shotgun at the runts.
The stock's buttpad can be seen in this shot.

Boito Pump

Boito Pump shotguns are used by various gangsters and the police at different points of the movie.

Boito Pump with wooden furniture and high-capacity magazine tube - 12 gauge
One of Li'l Zé's gangsters poses with a worn-out Boito with high-capacity magazine tube.
The weapon appears to have a stainless receiver, but a plain barrel and magazine tube
Charlie shows the Boito to Lil' Zé, who says he already has one. Note the Boito's characteristic pump handle.

Submachine Guns

M3 "Grease Gun"

An M3 "Grease Gun" is used by Li'l Zé throughout the latter parts of the film. Due to a continuity error, the M3 occasionally switches places with the INA Model 953 during the final gun battle.

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
Li'l Zé makes the decision to shoot up Knockout Ned's house.

INA Model 953

The INA Model 953 (the Brazilian version of the Madsen M50 submachine gun) is seen in the hands of police officers and gang members in both Li'l Zé and Carrot's gangs.

INA Model 953 - .45 ACP
A police officer in the background carries a INA.
Li'l Zé brandishes an INA.

IMI Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi is frequently seen in the hands of gang members. Interestingly, one of the Micro Uzis depicted is fitted with the full-sized stock of the original Uzi. Carrot uses a Micro Uzi with a wooden stock during the final gunbattle; due to a continuity error it occasionally switches places with a INA Model 953. it is anachronistic since it was only introduced in 1986.

Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
A gangster (possibly Li'l Zé) fires a Micro Uzi.
Charlie the arms dealer shows off a Micro Uzi with a wooden stock to Carrot and Knockout Ned.
Li'l Zé poses with a Micro Uzi.


M1908 Brazilian Mauser

Some gangsters are armed with 1908 Brazilian Mauser rifles.

Mauser 1908 - 7x57mm
The gangster standing behind Li'l Zé holds a Mauser rifle.

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is carried by one of Carrot's gang members when they rob a bank to fund their arms purchases, as well as by Military Police (Brazilian gendarmerie) officers. Li'l Zé's gang is also seen with a chrome-plated M1 carbine with a folding stock and 30-round magazines, notably in the scene where they pose for Rocket's camera. After failing to find the AR-15 Li'l Zé wanted; Charlie tries to sell him an M1 Carbine; he calls the weapon a "Ruger" (possibly because it's standing in for the Mini-14; or the character is just supposed to be lying or misinformed).

The modern manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance (affiliated with Kahr Arms and Thomson Arms) - .30 Carbine
One of Carrot's gangsters threatens customers during a bank robbery.
M1 Carbine with 30-round magazine and ventilated handguard - .30 Carbine
Li'l Zé picks up a M1 Carbine with a 30 round magazine and folding stock.
Li'l Zé's gang shows off their arsenal, including an M1 Carbine.
The arms dealer rattles off some rather inaccurate facts about the M1 Carbine: "This is the Ruger. This one is the AR-15's brother; same caliber but lighter and more portable".
Lil' Zé declines the offer because the weapon lacks night vision and does not fire 400 rounds per minute.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

When Charlie the arms dealer (Charles Paraventi) tries to sell weapons to Li'l Zé's gang, one of the weapons he shows off is a M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle. He calls it a ".30 Browning" and claims it can shoot down airplanes (not implausible, but by the 1970s, it would have to be a rather light aircraft flying very low and slow).

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
A BAR is seen resting on the table when Lil' Ze's gang shows off their arsenal
Charlie the arms dealer shows off a BAR.

FN Model 1949

Knockout Ned (Seu Jorge) purchases an FN Model 1949 from Charlie (Charles Paraventi); he calls the weapon a ".30-06" (the Brazilian contract guns were indeed chambered in 30-06; since at the time it was the standard caliber of the Brazilian military). He uses the rifle during the final gunbattle against Li'l Zé's gang, killing several rival gangsters with it during the shootout. He manually cocks the bolt after each shot, despite the Model 49 being a semi-automatic rifle (although it's not impossible to explain this as the rifle being poorly maintained and having vital parts missing or broken).

FN Model 1949 - 7.92x57mm
Knockout Ned examines an FN Model 1949 rifle.
Li'l Zé's gang shows off their arsenal, the muzzle of a FN 49 can be seen on the left.
Ned checks on one of his wounded comrades while holding his FN Model 1949.

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